Viking Racemaster no frills fixie from Halfords

You can't beat an attention-grabbing £199.99 price tag

by nick_rearden   November 17, 2011  

Viking Fixie

Halfords are wheeling out the venerable Viking 'racing since 1908' brand name on a sub-£200 fixie called Racemaster.

The look is classic with white contrast panels against a sky-blue painted steel frame. Fixie purists will be offended by brake cable braze-ons to the top top tube but it comes with a pair of sidepulls anyway and at least the stops are tucked underneath if you insist on dispensing with the rear brake.

We're not sure at the moment whether the rear sprocket supplied is fixed or free - the latter we suspect making it strictly a 'singlespeed' - but the hub is double-sided so you could run both or two different ratios.

There are only two size options; 56cm and 59cm and a limited number of 17 Halfords branches stocking, essentially the urban and suburban London stores plus two in Manchester and Brislington in Bristol. Plus Cambridge for pretty obvious reasons. Oxford will be seething they're not getting their own shade of blue or indeed the bike at all.  

Details: halfords.com.

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Good to see a sensible price on a fixie at last - and what looks like a leather saddle as well ...

posted by amazon22 [150 posts]
17th November 2011 - 11:16

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I had a flat bar fixed/ss from halfords, the Carrera Subway 0. Paid £199 for it in the sale, reduced from £299, and it was a great bike - not too heavy, comfortable, stable and surprisingly nippy for under £200. And being relatively cheap, I wasn't too concerned about it getting nicked - which it did, so I replaced it (in the sale again), only to have it nicked again Crying

Anyway, apologies for rambling - my point was that Halfords have done a decent job on a cheap fixed/ss before, so I'd expect this to be pretty good. Just don't rely on halfords to set it up properly. On my first one, the headset was so tight when i picked it up that I couldnt turn the bars D Oh

posted by step-hent [646 posts]
17th November 2011 - 11:35

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I'm guessing that that isn't a Brooks Swallow saddle on it!

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1330 posts]
17th November 2011 - 15:54

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Saddle looks like an Italian 'Mont Gruppo', I've got one, great hand made real leather saddle but if weight's your thing forget it.

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posted by antonio [931 posts]
17th November 2011 - 17:19

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Just checked on Halforde site, saddle is as I said, a 'Mont Gruppo' Italian leather saddle, it's double sprung by the way.

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posted by antonio [931 posts]
17th November 2011 - 17:32

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What? Not going to try to sell a single-speed for the Scottish hills? Well colour me surprised!

posted by mad_scot_rider [536 posts]
17th November 2011 - 17:58

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Nice looking bike.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1219 posts]
17th November 2011 - 21:24

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antonio wrote:
Saddle looks like an Italian 'Mont Gruppo', I've got one, great hand made real leather saddle but if weight's your thing forget it.

Can't find anything on interweb about these - do you have any info? The one on the Viking doesn't look sprung (in a Brooks sense, anyway).

posted by amazon22 [150 posts]
17th November 2011 - 22:26

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amazon22 wrote:
antonio wrote:
Saddle looks like an Italian 'Mont Gruppo', I've got one, great hand made real leather saddle but if weight's your thing forget it.

Can't find anything on interweb about these - do you have any info? The one on the Viking doesn't look sprung (in a Brooks sense, anyway).


Go to 'On One'site, sister site to Planet X. The saddle has a sprung single coil rail and unique mattress type springs under the leather top, the saddle shape is great, a bit like a 'swift'.

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posted by antonio [931 posts]
18th November 2011 - 9:59

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for a little more, you can have a real Brooks and nice internal cable routing:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=48560

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posted by jezzzer [339 posts]
18th November 2011 - 13:45

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jezzzer wrote:
for a little more, you can have a real Brooks and nice internal cable routing:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=48560


'a little more' depends where you are coming from, the gruppo is a third the price of a 'swift'.

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posted by antonio [931 posts]
18th November 2011 - 16:50

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dumb ass question but do 56 & 59 cms sizes come up as 22 / 23 inch frames - ie for tall people only?

posted by bfslxo [118 posts]
24th November 2011 - 16:33

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bfslxo wrote:
dumb ass question but do 56 & 59 cms sizes come up as 22 / 23 inch frames - ie for tall people only?

Not dumb ass at all - yes they really are only coming in those sizes. Bad luck anyone under about 5'10"...

posted by nick_rearden [859 posts]
24th November 2011 - 17:57

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